The Kinks’ Ray Davies to be interviewed by Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker actor in a return to Hornsey Town Hall

Ray Davies is returning to Hornsey Town Hall

Ray Davies is returning to Hornsey Town Hall - Credit: Archant

Ray Davies performed one of his first gigs at the iconic venue when he was still at school, before going on to form The Kinks

Mark Hamill is a bona fide Kinks fan. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Mark Hamill is a bona fide Kinks fan. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire - Credit: PA WIRE

He will be returning in conversation with Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, with the promise of a musical accompaniment.

Ray Davies, who studied at Hornsey School of Art, will discuss The Kinks’s albums “Muswell Hillbillies” and “Everybody’s In Showbiz” and will take part in a Q&A with the audience.

There are high hopes the songwriter will speak out for community access at Hornsey Town Hall.

In an ITV News interview last year the songwriter hinted he might reform The Kinks for a gig at Hornsey Town Hall.


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He said: “I’d do a surprise gig here... I’d do it for the community. It might happen... I’d do it for the locals. It’s a magical place.

“It’s got history and it’s surviving by the skin of its teeth.”

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David Winskill, chair of Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum, said: “The Kinks are one of the greatest bands that emerged from the 1960s and it’s a real matter of pride that of their first gigs was at Hornsey Town Hall. It’s brilliant that Ray Davies is coming back.”

Haringey Council and the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust are reviewing bids from developers for the Grade II* listed building. The sale includes the Town Hall and the public green in front of the site.

Bidders must put forward plans for long-term community and arts access and a refurbishment of the building.

- See hthartscentre.co.uk/#!blank-1/dkmvm for tickets. All box office profit will go to the homelessness charity Crisis and the upkeep of Hornsey Town Hall Assembly Hall.

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